Parental Communication 13.11.16

November 13, 2016 11:40 am

This week we have taken time to remember those who have fought for our country, our freedom and our future. Assemblies were held to raise awareness of the significance of Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday, helping our students to appreciate the importance of these two occasions. Students marked the end of World War I on Friday morning, holding two minutes silence at 11am, and I know that some of our students in Cadet forces will have been attending services this morning to pay their respect. I am proud that my two stepsons serve in the British Army and appreciate the sacrifices that they and many others make on a daily basis to keep our country safe. I am equally proud of the mature and sensitive approach our students took when paying their respect this week.

This week Year 13 students have been working hard to complete their UCAS applications. A number of students are ahead of the curve and have already submitted; this puts them in a very strong position to be considered first by university admissions tutors. Toby Reichelt is leading the way, having already been made two university offers, and we expect many more to follow soon. Year 13 students are aware that our deadline for UCAS applications is the 19th of November and students should be ready to ‘pay-and-send’ by that date. Teachers have worked swiftly to provide detailed references and Mrs. Doughty is always on hand for advice and guidance.

Following the Year 11 work experience, students have completed initial destinations questionnaires and we were delighted to find that over 95% of students have already considered their Post 16 options. In Life Guidance lessons students are engaging with a range of speakers from industry, further education and apprenticeships to help them consider their next steps. Students will also be completing psychometric testing to identify possible career pathways and Mrs. Doughty is raising awareness of local careers events that students and their parents may wish to attend. Whilst it may feel early in the year to start to consider options, we are aware that apprenticeship opportunities often arise in January and so these early discussions are vital. This summer 100% of UTC leavers went into employment, education or training. This is very unusual for schools and colleges and we are delighted with the success of our students and proud of the careers advice and support provided. Mrs. Doughty will be sending information out to parents of Year 11 students in the next week and should you have any questions we encourage you to contact her directly.

On Thursday evening a group of Sixth Form students attended the Royal Society of Biologists Annual General Meeting in Nottingham and enjoyed a lecture by Professor Steve Diggle. He revealed how his research has involved the reconstruction of a 1,000-year-old remedy discovered in a medieval text. The results highlight the scholarship and methodology of pre-modern medical professionals as well as an untapped potential for novel therapeutics in an age where new antibiotics are desperately needed. The students were fascinated to hear that the combination of wine, garlic, onion and cow’s stomach was a highly effective bacteria killer: but only in combination, not separately!

On a sporting note, students attending the Ski Trip in 2017 are invited with their parents to attend an important meeting on Thursday 17th November, starting at 5.30pm. Mrs. McCann, Mr. Barrow and Mr. Little look forward to meeting with you to share information about this exciting trip. Inter Sport will also be attending so that you can view the types of equipment students may require.

Parents of Year 10 and 11 students will be aware that we are launching our online revision programme from Monday 21st November. In order to assist you in accessing the resources, we are holding a parental event this Thursday 17th November from 6.15pm – 7pm. This has been planned to coincide with the SAM Learning event so that if your child is in Year 10 or 11 you can attend both meetings. Tickets can be reserved at:

Please note that Year 11 mock exams commence on the 5th December and students will be tested on all topics covered since they joined the UTC. Teachers have provided advice and guidance to aid revision and students should already be revising hard in preparation for these important exams. I cannot stress enough the importance of revision. It is not enough to attend lessons; learning must be practiced and consolidated outside of the working day.

We are looking forward to attending the Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday 19th November. Tickets are priced at £20 and selling quickly so please contact Mrs. Doughty at if you would like to attend.

I hope you have an enjoyable week and the sun continues to shine.

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